Lake Pupuke

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Lake Pupuke

Postby aquakiwi » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:19 pm

Milky and I had a dive in the lake today, he had a twin tank rig to test out.

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Who says there's no fish, the largest school of Perch I've seen in the Lake.

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When all else fails......a self portrait.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby justsimon » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:25 pm

Great vis :lol:

Fantastic school of perch, that's a heap of fish!
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby tara » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:26 pm

nice self portrait !

were you checking where all the water was coming into your mask from ??
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby Andy » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:28 pm

BEAUTIFUL!

Best trip report I've seen in a while. Love it.



Milky - you need to sort those hoses out on that twin set up. Hoses should always point down and in, if you go the twins route then drop me a PM and I'll go through how to route the hoses with you.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby NEMES1S » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:31 pm

Wow now that IS an impressive school of fish in the lake...well if anybody could find them mate you could... :D
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby aquakiwi » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:31 pm

tara wrote:nice self portrait !

were you checking where all the water was coming into your mask from ??

My hairy upper lip.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby Jason » Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:09 pm

Great stuff - can't wait till its my time to be immersed in the Pu !

I can see why those HyperOptix Masks give great visualisation Milky.

I gave my 'Valve' Mask to my buddy because of his facial hair seeping water into his usual mask and making his eyes as red as a bent stoner.
He uses it to blow easy any water that seeps in without having to lift the mask and blow - at the most he just uses two fingers either side from under the mask,
but I manage to do this hands-free. Roughly A$100.
Just drifting along with whatever is current.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby NEMES1S » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:15 pm

Pete wrote:brilliant photoshopping on the viz there aquakiwi and getting those fish in as if they belong there... just stunning!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha... :lol:
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby seynz » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:36 am

I m going to Auckland on Saturday afternoon, I plan to dive the lake Pupuke.
Can anyone tell me, the best side for diving, car park, any regulations for divers ?( flag... ).
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby Andy » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:21 am

Most people dive the pumphouse side, as there's easy entry and a big concrete pad under the obvious buoy (for teaching). There are no motorised boats allowed on the lake, and the pumphouse side gets visited occasionally by flatwater kayakers only. A flag is a good idea, but not essential.

The pumphouse side has toilets and a cafe to warm up in afterwards. The owner of the cafe gets a bit tetchy about wet wetsuits.

The terrain on the pumphouse side is a bit dull, to be honest. You can try and find the "caves" but they really are just shallow overhangs....


You can also dive near the sailing club (near North Shore hospital), but the terrain is even more dull - and this is where most of the sail boats hang out if it's windy!


IMHO, the best side of the lake to dive is Sylvan Park. It drops off quickly, and there's a large rock wall that runs parallel to the shore that gives you something to look at. From the carpark, go down the boat ramp on the right hand side and swim out about 10-20m then drop down. As you follow the bottom down, you'll find the drop off fairly easily. Head right (facing out), as left gets shallow and has not much to see. Watch out for windsurfers, a flag or an SMB is a good idea if it's windy and people are out.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby Andy » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:04 am

Here's a map showing the three sites:

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Site 1 is the Pumphouse. There's a turn off in to Kilarny Park from Manurere Avenue that's not shown on the map.

Site 2 is the sailing club. Go down Northcote Road, rather than Shea Terrace. I'd avoid the quarry unless you are into that sort of thing - you'll see what I mean if you go there, the water is, uh, unique...

Site 3 is Sylvan Park. There's a turn off from Sylvan Park Avenue that takes you to the lake. Top carpark has toilets, lower carpark is right next to the lake. Note that the gates to the park get locked in the evening. From memory, it's probably 7pm at this time of year.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby Phantom Menace » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:23 pm

The lake isn't that big really. 4 of us did a short training swim one night last week from the canoe club (2) across to the pumphouse (1) and back. Took less than 30 min return - including stopping for a short chat about exercises to do on the way back while at the pumphouse wharf (we were just in mask, snorkel, fins and steamers though - so no bulky gear to swim with). I think that might be 700m each way or so?? (might check Google Earth for a rough idea)

Ironically the rain and thunder stopped when we got into the water and started again as we were getting out.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby tara » Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:13 pm

seynz wrote:I m going to Auckland on Saturday afternoon, I plan to dive the lake Pupuke.
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I'll be there Saturday afternoon - at the Pumphouse site
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby seynz » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:39 pm

Thanks Andy for the answer, I will think about wich one I ll choose.
Tara, are you diving for teaching or for you, on Sat ? I don t really know what time I will be there.
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Re: Lake Pupuke

Postby tara » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:58 pm

i have one student.
we will be there after lunch
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